LOGAN, Utah, Oct. 30, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A former contract employee at the Cache County Jail who was charged with having sexual contact with an inmate has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.
Teresa Marie Pitcher, 54, originally was charged on suspicion of custodial sexual relations, a third-degree felony.
On Wednesday, she accepted a deal, and pleaded guilty to attempted custodial sexual relations, a class A misdemeanor.
The date given for the incident was Aug. 2 of this year, according to charging documents. The Cache County Sheriff’s Office released statement at the time of the arrest.
“Mrs. Pitcher was employed by a contract food service company that provides food services to the jail,” the statement said. “She had been with the company for approximately three to four months.”
As part of their normal duties, deputies were monitoring phone calls in the jail and discovered “concerning conversations” between Pitcher and the inmate involved, the statement said.
Sheriff’s investigators said they had determined at least one tryst took place between Pitcher and an inmate. They also claim Pitcher brought contraband into the facility, the statement said.
The inmate involved is a state prisoner being housed in the Cache County facility for the Department of Corrections. He was later transferred back to the prison.
Pitcher has not yet been sentenced, but a class A misdemeanor is punishable with up to one year in jail, and a fee of up to $2,500, according to court documents accompanying her plea.